Drink driver jailed after collision

A KESGRAVE drink driver who had a head-on collision and was abusive to police has been jailed.Scott Lee, 32, of Padstow Road, was more than twice over the legal limit of alcohol when he drove at speed along Dobbs Lane ploughing into the front of an oncoming car.

A KESGRAVE drink driver who had a head-on collision and was abusive to police has been jailed.

Scott Lee, 32, of Padstow Road, was more than twice over the legal limit of alcohol when he drove at speed along Dobbs Lane ploughing into the front of an oncoming car.

The woman driver suffered whiplash, bruising and a dislodged rib, her car was a write-off.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that following the crash Lee slammed his car into reverse and careered up Dobbs Lane and onto the Kesgrave main road.

During the whole of the incident, which took place on April 1, Lee was being pursued by police and refused to stop.

Finally Lee did pull over and was "violent and aggressive" towards police officers. He was taken to Ipswich Police Station where it was discovered that Lee had 85 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

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The court heard that Lee had a previous record for affray, assault and driving with excess alcohol. It also emerged that Lee was not insured to drive.

Steven Dyble, mitigating, said his client had personal problems and had gone to his doctors the previous day to seek help for his drinking and mental health problems.

However, as he was drunk he was turned away. Mr Dyble said his client knew he had an aggressive nature which was fuelled by alcohol and urged that a community rehabilitation order be made to help Lee overcome his difficulties.

Judge John Devaux said he had read the pre-sentence and psychiatric reports and acknowledged that Lee had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at the first opportunity. But he said: "This offence is a serious matter and prison is required."

Lee was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for three years.

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